UNL Students Tour Platte Generating Station

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By Tim McNicholas


Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:23:06 CST

Top scientists said in a recent report it's extremely likely that humans are causing global warming.

It's a problem that'll be passed on to the next generation.

University of Nebraska Engineering students start learning about it freshman year.

"It's just measuring out different quantities,” UNL freshman Luke Monhollon said.

“We haven't really done any experiments on it, but we have done several problems on it."

On Friday, first-year students got a look at where Grand Island's power comes from: the Platte Generating Station.

Their Air Quality Control System will be up and running by April 2015.

When that day comes, the plant will be able to burn coal without emitting mercury and sulfur dioxides.

"The current administration is challenging us to reduce our emissions and Grand Island is stepping forward with our air quality control system,” Lynn Mayhew said.

Mayhew is an Assistant Utilities Director of Production at the Platte Generating Station. He graduated from UNL in 1998.

He says renewable energy wasn't huge when he was in school.

But professors are focusing more and more on it.

"It's going to be a challenge for the new engineers to come out and find a way to burn coal that doesn't produce those emissions,” Mayhew said.

Grand Island owns around 4 megawatts of wind generation.

Wind and solar power eases the growing scarcity of our power sources.

A recent report from the United Nations says a dangerous climate change will occur if industrial carbon emissions exceed 1 trillion tons.

We're already halfway there.

That report goes on to say that it's virtually certain that sea levels will rise at least until the end of the century.